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*The cream rises to the top as medals abound at the 2017 Sydney Royal's Cheese and Dairy Show

Posted on : 24 February 2017

The Australian dairy industry has again shown its enduring high standards and reputation for quality with a swag of medals awarded at the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Show.

Sixty two medals, including 24 gold have been awarded from the 79 entries presented through the white, UHT, homogenised, non-homogenised, modified, skim and flavoured categories.

Judges were also called upon to assess 249 entries in the cheese categories, awarding a total of 143 medals, 29 of those gold.

The judging was conducted last week at the Sydney Showground.   

Gary Reid, Chair, Dairy Produce Committee said all winners were selected by a judging panel of industry specialists, who benchmark the best in Australia while nurturing the growth of producers nationally.

"Sydney Royal is committed to fostering a competitive space that assesses, promotes and rewards Australian produce across a large number of categories, and this year’s dairy produce show was no exception," Mr Reid said.

"We've seen companies benefit considerably from winning a Sydney Royal medal, which provides multiple marketing opportunities to leverage success both local and internationally. I encourage all Australians to look out for Sydney Royal medals and support these great Australian producers and their fantastic products," he said.

Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Champions in 2017 also included;

  • Champion Butter - Murray Goulburn, Victoria - Beautifully Butterfully Salted.

  • Milk - Champion White Milk - Brownes Dairy, Victoria - Brownes Extra Creamy Milk.

  • Milk - Champion Flavoured Milk - Sharma's Kitchen, NSW - Milk Badam.

  • Cheese - Champion Cheddar Cheese - Bega Cheese Ltd - Rindless Cheddar Traditional Recipe.

  • Cheese ­­- Champion Specialty Cheese - Lion, Dairy and Drinks, Tasmania – Heidi Raclette.

  • Cheese - Champion Cheese of Show - Bega Cheese Ltd, NSW - Rindless Cheddar Traditional Recipe.

Australia's love affair with premium and novelty dairy products continues with the sector dominating the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Awards medal count.

Gelato produced 72 medals from the 97 entries presented, an incredible strike rate.

One in every five entries in the "Gelato - any flavours" categories was awarded a gold medal, such was the standard in 2017.

Peters of Mulgrave, Victoria took out the Champion Premium Ice Cream or Gelato Annual Trophy for its Connoisseur Classic Vanilla Ice Cream.

Gundowring Fine Foods, also from Victoria has taken out the Champion Ice Cream or Frozen Yoghurt Annual Trophy for its Ice Cream Licorice.

The Champion Novel Ice Cream title has been awarded to Serendipity Ice Cream from Marrickville for its Peanut Butter Dipitypop.

Another Sydney producer, Cow and the Moon from Enmore has been awarded Champion Gelato for its Salted Caramel production, while the 2017 Champion Sorbet Trophy has been won by Gelatissimo Pty Ltd from Sydney's Rydalmere for its Raspberry flavoured Sorbet.

The honour for Champion Yoghurt has gone to Sydney's (Ermington) Gourmet Goodies for its Apple and Rhubarb all natural flavoured Yoghurt.

Overall in 2017, 755 entries were submitted to the judging panels from 94 classes.

Goat Milk, Buffalo Milk and Buffalo Milk products, Sheep Milk and Sheep Milk products, Haloumi and Lebneh.

Winning a Sydney Royal medal gives food producers the opportunity to brand their product with a prestigious Championship, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

Further information and interview requests please contact:

Roger White

Manager, Public Relations

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
t 02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e


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